Judah1 said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?227
Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother,3 our own flesh and blood.4" His brothers agreed.
So when the Midianite5 merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern6 and sold7 him for twenty shekelsa of silver8 to the Ishmaelites,9 who took him to Egypt.1029
When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.1130
He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"1231
Then they got Joseph's robe,13 slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.1432
They took the ornamented robe15 back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."
He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal16 has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."1734
Then Jacob tore his clothes,18 put on sackcloth19 and mourned for his son many days.2035
All his sons and daughters came to comfort him,21 but he refused to be comforted.22 "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the graveb23 to my son.24" So his father wept for him.
Meanwhile, the Midianitesc25 sold Joseph26 in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.27